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Yield: 6 servings. 16 ounces whole-milk ricotta Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta, uncooked 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced ⅓ cup

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Yield: 6 servings. 16 ounces whole-milk ricotta Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta, uncooked 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced ⅓ cup

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Yield: 6 servings. 16 ounces whole-milk ricotta Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta, uncooked 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced ⅓ cup

Baked Vegetable Spaghetti

Yield: 6 servings.

16 ounces whole-milk ricotta
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta, uncooked
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, trimmed and sliced
2 medium zucchini, shredded
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup vegetable stock
1½ cups light cream
Salt and pepper to taste
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place ricotta, zest, and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Set aside.

In a stockpot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions or until al dente. Add carrots 2 minutes before pasta is done.

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, toast pine nuts, shaking the pan occasionally, for 2 minutes or until evenly browned. Transfer to a bowl. Heat oil in the frying pan. Add garlic and shallot, and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Stir in zucchini and peas. Add stock and cream. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.

Drain the pasta and carrot mixture and return to the pot. Add the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss well to combine. Pour pasta mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with dollops of lemony ricotta, sliced green onions, and Parmesan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until ricotta melts over pasta. Sprinkle with pine nuts before serving.

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This story was published on Dec 14, 2021

Lynn Wells

Lynn Wells is a personal chef with more than 20 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry and a degree in Nutrition Management from UNCG.